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The aim of this blog is to bring you news about developments in occupational safety and health across the EU and beyond, and also about EU-OSHA initiatives and activities to fulfill our mission.

We are one of the smallest EU agencies and cannot promise to reply to every comment, but we will read them and bear them in mind to shape our future work. The blog content is available only in English.

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The focal points, EU-OSHA’s primary contacts in the Member States, met in Barcelona in a parallel session of the Spanish Presidency Conference on the Community Strategy. The meeting was focused on the launch of the first ESENER survey results (http://ESENER.EU) and how the key messages of the survey could be disseminated into the Member States.



Working environments are continuously changing with the introduction of new technologies, substances and work processes, changes in the structure of the workforce and the labour market, and new forms of employment and work organisation. New work situations bring new risks and challenges for workers and employers, which in turn demand political, administrative, technical and regulatory approaches to ensure high levels of safety and health at work.


Would you like to know more about how occupational safety and health (OSH) is managed in your country’s workplaces – and across the whole of the EU, and beyond?  Do you know the reasons for companies to take prevention seriously – or what stops them from doing so? And how are workers’ representatives involved in OSH management?


9th May is Europe Day - an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. It is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the 1950 declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposing the creation of a supranational European Community.


April 28 is the 15th International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers with the theme unions make work safer. The day is used to remember those who died as a result of work around the world and to campaign for better working conditions. If, according to the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, "safety and health at work is not only sound economic policy, it is a basic human right", then many men and women are having their fundamental rights denied.


Around this time each year, our Governing Board meets in Bilbao to review and give its opinion on the results achieved in the previous year, and to discuss and agree the main lines of the Agency’s work programme for the following year.


How do you coordinate the world's largest occupational safety and health campaign? By getting key players together, which is what EU-OSHA did on 10-11 February 2010.


When we think of poverty, normally we associate it with developing countries and with a lack of things like food or clean water. Europe, however, is also affected by poverty.


Travelling is enriching!  In recent weeks, I have had a fair amount of contacts and missions in Europe and here’s a round-up of some interesting discoveries...


In my earlier blog “Latest news on the global and European burden of disease and injury at work” I had estimated that there could be some 18.7 million people suffering from health problems in the EU27. This was derived from my extrapolation based on the self-reported illness surveys in Finland and UK. This is also a reply to Steve’s question on European statistics.